Practice Kindness—Reap the Rewards

Practice Kindness—Reap the Rewards

How Making Happiness a Habit Can Change Your Life I live my life practicing what I call Happiness Habits. These are simple tools I use to bring more positivity into the present moment, allowing my brain to experience what happiness researcher Shawn Achor calls a...
Embracing Life, Imperfections and All

Embracing Life, Imperfections and All

Happiness Does Not Equal Perfection A friend of mine recently sent me this image that she’d created for me. I must admit that it brought tears to my eyes for a couple of reasons. First, in appreciation for the thoughtful gift. Second, for the meaning behind it. You...
Hearing the Tough Stuff

Hearing the Tough Stuff

How to Accept Negative Feedback—and Not Freak Out At the end of every workshop I present, I pass out evaluation sheets for the participants to complete. This is possibly one of the most nerve-wracking things I do in my professional life. I choose to do these...
Lessons of a Struggling Flower

Lessons of a Struggling Flower

How Success Blossoms from Adversity As I took my morning run, I came across this flower that had managed to bust through the concrete in an effort to blossom. I was struck by its symbolism. We all have our struggles, and they can be very painful at times. But this...
Gratitude is a Practice, Not a Concept

Gratitude is a Practice, Not a Concept

How to Find—and Be Thankful for—the Positive in Our Lives Last week, I talked about gratitude and some of the ways I implement it in my life. But because gratitude can directly affect our lives in such big ways, I feel like I have more to say on the topic. Gratitude...
Step Up—Get Happy!

Step Up—Get Happy!

5 Ways to Create Your Own Happiness Your happiness is YOUR responsibility. I know that sounds like tough love. But it’s really just a gentle reminder that happiness is within each individual’s control. Isn’t that good news? So … how do you create your own...